For the second time in as many days, No. 15 Mississippi State defeated Alabama in extra innings. This time C.T. Bradford delivered the game-winning RBI single in the 11th inning to lift the Bulldogs to a 7-6 Southeastern Conference win over the Crimson Tide on Sunday afternoon from Dudy Noble Field.
In the bottom of the 11th inning, Hunter Renfroe singled off Jon Keller (3-6) to lead off the inning and then Brett Pirtle was hit by a pitch trying to bunt to put runners on second and third. After Wes Rea struck out trying to move the runners over, Bradford recorded his fourth hit of the game, a single to shallow right field that allowed Renfroe to score from second to end the game. Bradford was 4-for-6 with three RBI on the afternoon.
"There is a reason we're 1-6 in extra innings games against ranked opponents," Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. "We have to do more things better. You cannot walk seven guys, hit three batters and give up extra bases against good teams, and that's what we're doing. There have been opportunities to go get those games and were not doing enough to go get them right now."
The Tide dropped all three games of the SEC series to the Bulldogs, and now have a record of 27-21 overall and 11-12 in SEC play. Alabama is now in fifth place in the SEC Western Division and in eighth overall in the conference standings. MSU improves to 36-13 overall and 13-11 in conference play.
Alabama had a 6-3 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Bulldogs scored three runs in the seventh off Tucker Hawley to even the score at 6-6. MSU closer Jonathan Holder (2-0) threw the final three innings, striking out six of the 11 batters he faced, to pick up the win.
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